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CITIZENSHIP: Citizenship laws are based upon the Constitution of Nicaragua.


Child born within the territory of Nicaragua, regardless of the nationality of the parents. Exception: Children of foreign officials serving international organizations or their own countries, unless the parents choose to solicit Nicaraguan citizenship for the child.

Child born to unknown parents, found within the territory, until parentage becomes known.

BY DESCENT: Child born abroad, one of whose parents is a citizen of Nicaragua. Child born abroad, whose mother or father was formerly Nicaraguan, if the child applies for citizenship after reaching the age of majority.

BY NATURALIZATION: Child of foreign parents, born on a Nicaraguan boat or airplane, if the parents apply for naturalization of the child. Child born abroad, whose mother or father was formerly Nicaraguan.

DUAL CITIZENSHIP: NOT RECOGNIZED. Exception: Countries of Central America and other countries with which Nicaragua has agreements of dual citizenship. No agreement exists with the United States.


VOLUNTARY: Letters of renunciation may be sent to the nearest Nicaraguan embassy. Passport should be included with the letter.

INVOLUNTARY: The following is grounds for involuntary loss of Nicaraguan citizenship: Person voluntarily acquires a foreign citizenship, other than with the countries with which Nicaragua has dual nationality agreements.

ANY QUESTIONS concerning citizenship, or requests for renunciation of citizenship, should be directed to the address below:

Embassy of Nicaragua Consular Section 1627 New Hampshire Ave., NW Washington, DC 20009

Embassy Telephone: 202-939-6570 Fax: 202-939-6542


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